See the light

Dubbo Photo News - - Business. - BY GABRIELLE FA­GAN

LIGHT­ING can trans­form rooms, cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent at­mos­pheres and even, by vis­ual trick­ery, chang­ing the di­men­sions of a space.

Once you’ve learnt to play with the op­tions, there’s no limit to the ef­fects you can en­joy, but with such a huge ar­ray of light­ing on of­fer, the right choice for your home may not al­ways be glar­ingly ob­vi­ous.

Here, ex­perts re­veal their il­lu­mi­nat­ing ad­vice on ‘see­ing the light’, and the top trends for 2016...


In­dus­trial style is vy­ing with in­no­va­tive light­ing de­sign for at­ten­tion – and size does mat­ter for to­day’s lamps, says Mark Hol­loway, 44, owner of a light­ing and fur­ni­ture spe­cial­ist.

“Light­ing de­sign is about to change dra­mat­i­cally. Rather than be­ing the car­rier of one or sev­eral large light bulbs, light fit­tings will be­come the source of light in their own right. Or­ganic shapes and new ma­te­ri­als will com­bine with the myr­iad, hugely ef­fec­tive, LED light sources, to cre­ate stun­ning and dra­matic light­ing, while stan­dard, do­mes­tic light­ing will be­come more el­e­gant, compact and ef­fi­cient,” he pre­dicts.

“Al­most daily, ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive lights are be­ing launched, which show­case de­sign tal­ent, new ma­te­ri­als and tech­nol­ogy. In­ter­est­ingly though, one of the strong­est trends for the past few years has been any­thing but high-tech; retro in­dus­trial light­ing is still hugely in de­mand. Sun metal pen­dants, work­shop ad­justable wall lights and fac­tory floor and ta­ble lamps are very on trend, and look par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive teamed with tra­di­tional style fil­a­ment light bulbs.”

SWITCH ON: To large lights – chan­de­liers, drum pen­dants and gi­ant floor lamps – and ma­te­ri­als such as wood ve­neers, con­crete and hand-blown glass.


Dec­o­ra­tive light bulbs, glass shades and clus­ter pen­dants are stars of this year’s light range, says Kirstin White, 29, a dé­cor com­pany light­ing buyer.

“Dec­o­ra­tive bulbs – with LED, fil­a­ments or ap­peal­ing shapes – are re­ally mak­ing an im­pact as they are an easy, in­ex­pen­sive but ex­tremely ap­peal­ing way to freshen up a space,” she says.

“Glass is an­other big trend... This works well with the bulb trend, as a glass shade can help soften the bulb while still show­cas­ing its dec­o­ra­tive ef­fect, and the over­all look is bright and in­ter­est­ing.

“Clus­ter pen­dants, also fash­ion­able, are a strik­ing al­ter­na­tive to a large state­ment pen­dant shade, and work well in smaller spa­ces.”

SWITCH ON: To fea­ture light­ing – over­sized floor lamps through to dec­o­ra­tive wall lights – as a form of func­tional art, which will make a state­ment in any room.


Metallics, es­pe­cially cop­per’s warm tones, com­bine with light to give a warm glow, and will take cen­tre stage in this year’s col­lec­tions, says Vic­to­ria Atkin, 45, co-founder of a spe­cial­ist in hand-crafted and ar­ti­san home­ware.

“Metallics are ex­pected to gain mo­men­tum in 2016, and that’s ev­i­dent in light­ing ranges. Bronze, brass, cop­per and chrome all pro­vide a hint of vin­tage lux­ury, while their highly re­flec­tive sur­faces dance a warm, sparkling glow around the room,” says Atkin.

“Metal­lic ac­cents are great be­cause they can be adapted to suit all tastes, from clus­ters of dis­tressed cop­per pen­dant lights for in­dus­trial style spa­ces, to glam­orous mer­cury sil­ver ta­ble lamps cater­ing to the lux­u­ri­ous state­ment home.”

SWITCH ON: To pieces made in a tra­di­tional way by skilled crafts­men, which bring au­then­tic­ity to an in­te­rior, and em­brace trans­parency with clear glass bases or shades.

Three fixed pen­dant Pho­tos: PA Photo

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